Turibus Medellin Reviews
Excellent way to become orientated with Medellin Nov 13, 2009
The Turibus is one of those things that most major cities and touist destinations have: that goofy looking bus that drives tourists around to the major sites, giving useful information and history.
When in Medellin, it is highly recommended to take their Turibus on your first day. Medellin is a large city, and it's tourism infrastructure is relatively new and a work in progress. As such, this is an excellent way to become orientated with the layout of the city, it's various neighborhoods and attractions.
The Turibus leaves at 9:00am and at 1:00pm from the south side of Parque Poblado. One can walk here from most hotels and hostals in El Poblado, and from other locations, simply take a taxi or take the metro to Poblado station, and walk up the hill to the park.
The Turibus costs $15,000 COP, which is accepted as you get on the bus. They only accept pesos, no credit card. If you are on the 9:00 bus, try to have exact change.
Turibus generally has two guides on board, who take turns speaking. Please note that Turibus does not guarentee English speaking guides; however, most English speaking people I know who have done the Turibus (including myself) have had the pleasure of at least one English speaking guide on board who have been very happy to ride along side and translate.
As mentioned, Turibus starts at Parque el Poblado, and allows passengers to get off for about 20-30 minutes at the following sites: Catedral Metropolitana/Parque Bolívar; Parque Berrío/Museo de Antioquia/Plaza Botero; Parque de los Deseos (Park of Dreams); Parque de los Pies Descalzos (Barefoot Park)/Edificio Inteligente de EPM (EPM's intelligent building); and Cerro Nutibara.
In addition, the bus passes by, points out and gives history and information on the following sites: Centro Comercial San Diego (San Diego Mall); Cerro el Volador; El Planetario (Planetarium); Jardín Botánico (Botanical Gardens); Unidad Deportiva Antonio Roldán Betancur; Carrera 70 (Salsa row!); Museo Interactivo (Interactive Musuem); Teatro Metropolitano (Metro Theater); Centro Administrativo de Medellín y Antioquia (the administrative buildings of Anitoquia and Medellin); Estación del Ferrocarril (the old rail station); Centro Internacional de Convenciones (convention center); Parque de la Luz (Park of Lights); and Parque Zoológico Santafe (Santafe Zoo).
Turibus then drops you off at the same spot in Parque Poblado. It lasts about 3 1/2 hours.
Additionally, Turibus offers the services of a photographer for $60,000 pesos per group. The photographer will take as many pictures are you like at the various sites, and have the pictures delivered to your hotel on CD. This service is optional.
All in all, I would highly recommend Turibus because it gets you orientated with the layout of the city, gives you a taste of the best tourist sites, and points out others, and has knowledgable and friendly guides who go out of their way to make your ride entertaining and educational, and your visit to Medellin a welcoming one.
Part of the Colombia y Ecuador, November 2009 travel blog
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